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May 5, 2009
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Cheap Ways to Motivate Your People
from Entrepreneur
It is critical, particularly during these tough economic times, that small-business owners recognize their employees for their hard work, says Cindy Ventrice, author of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition that Works. If you can reaffirm your employees' value while your organization is having difficulty, when there's a turnaround, you won't lose your best people. More    E-mail article

Steps Taken to Loosen Up SBA Loans
from The Houston Chronicle
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress in mid-February has a number of provisions to enhance the Small Business Administration's loan programs, and three have already been implemented. More    E-mail article

The Myth of the Tireless Leader
from The Harvard Business Review
The myth of the tireless leader is just that - a myth. The ugly truth about sleeplessness is that it's linked to obesity, diabetes, depression and, yes, increased mortality. Forgoing sleep doesn't make you a hero. It makes you ineffective. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase: CritterTrail®

CritterTrail® habitats are designed for the health, security and comfort needs of your hamster or gerbil. Innovative features encourage interaction between owners and their pets. CritterTrail® is the only brand with Super Protect™ antimicrobial technology built-in to ensure a cleaner environment. Expandable Fun-nels™ and connectable accessories encourage activity and exercise. More info

SEO 101: How One Store Gamed Google's System
from The Charlotte Observer
Getting noticed by the omnipresent Google search engine has become a major focus at Moxie Kids, an upscale kids clothing boutique in Raleigh's Cameron Village. Thanks in large part to Google, Moxie Kids has weathered the recession by boosting online sales to make up for slowing foot traffic. Can this approach work for your business? More    E-mail article

HR 669 Under Revision
from PIJAC
A hearing for HR 669, the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act, was held in front of the House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife on Thursday, April 23. Marshall Meyers, PIJAC's CEO and General Counsel, representing pet owners and the pet industry, testified against the bill in its current form, explaining why, if passed, it could have devastating affects on pet owners, and the pet industry. More    E-mail article

PETCO and FETCH! Pet Care Partner to Enhance In-Home Pet Care Options
from PR Newswire
As summer travel season gets underway, FETCH! Pet Care and PETCO announced a partnership aimed at helping pet parents find reliable solutions for in-home pet care. In a move that will benefit pet parents who need trustworthy and convenient service options when they can't be at home with their pets, PETCO, a leading pet specialty retailer with more than 950 locations across the country, will exclusively offer FETCH! Pet Care's professional pet sitting, dog walking and pet taxi services to its customers beginning this month in select markets. More    E-mail article

Petfood Industry Conducts Mobile Devices Survey
from Petfood Industry
Tell Petfood Industry how you use mobile phone and social networks for business! Nutrition News and Pet E-News readers are invited to participate in a survey about their use of mobile devices. According to a Pew Internet Project study, 58 percent of adult Americans have used a cell phone for a non-voice data activity, such as texting, e-mailing or looking at maps. More    E-mail article

Colgate, Procter and Gamble Post Quarterly Sales
from Pet Product News
Both Colgate-Palmolive Co. and the Procter & Gamble Co. reported quarterly sales results on April 30. Net sales for Colgate's Hill's pet division increased slightly during the first quarter of 2009, while net sales for P&G's pet care division, which includes snacks, declined four percent during its third quarter of fiscal year 2009. More    E-mail article

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.94   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 8.83   0.06%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 52.67   0.86%
CLX Clorox Company 53.14   0.94%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 58.55   1.25%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 7.57   0.07%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.42   0.10%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 13.90   0.24%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 22.52   0.17%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 15.88   0.12%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.00   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 15.50   0.49%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 23.00   0.12%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 13.49   0.06%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 48.14   1.05%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 23.38   0.06%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 24.17   0.46%

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